Pumpkin Soup for the Soul

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Who else LOVES a piping hot bowl of soup??? I definitely do! I don’t actually have it that often, but I have to say it is one of the most comforting meals you can have. My favourite varieties are sweet potato, roasted red pepper, butternut squash and mushroom – BUT when Autumn rolls around and pumpkins hit the supermarkets again, my number one fave is definitely PUMPKIN SOUP.  We always buy a pumpkin or two in my house, for carving and decoration of course, but equally to make delicious soup with the flesh itself! I’ve also posted a recipe for my Pumpkin Chia Oat Bread if you haven’t seen it yet. So recipe number TWO to celebrate the season is my homemade Pumpkin Soup! Let’s get cooking!

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Recipe (Serves 2-3)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 500g Uncooked Pumpkin flesh, chopped in 1-2 inch chunks (approximately half the flesh you get from carving a medium-sized pumpkin)
  • 1-1.5 litre of vegetable stock
  • A solid pinch or two of ground black pepper

 

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Next, add the spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and coriander, and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the onions are coated.
  4. Add the chopped pumpkin, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add your vegetable stock next – it should be enough volume to just cover the pumpkin.
  6. Add the black pepper, stir everything up, and bring to the boil.
  7. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Blend using a handheld blender until just smooth, and you’re good to go!

Enjoy guys! I hope you loooove this one as much as me – I ADORE pumpkin soup, and always get so excited around Halloween for it! It’s a fantastic recipe for using up your leftover pumpkin from carving. Tag me if you try this one out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook! Finally, a shout-out again to my awesome Mom for inspiring me to get this recipe up for you!

Ciara x

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